Jane Pauley
American journalist
Jane Pauley
Margaret Jane Pauley is an American television journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is most known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's Today program and later 12 years of Dateline NBC, and has acknowledged publicly her struggle with mental health and bipolar disorder.
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Almanac: Seeing eye dogs
CBS News - 26 days
The Seeing Eye, a pioneering organization that trains guide dogs for the blind, was founded on January 29, 1929. Jane Pauley reports on its legacy.
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Table for Three: Samantha Bee and Jane Pauley Are Breaking the News
NYTimes - about 2 months
The late-night news comedian and the veteran television journalist compare notes on the news — real, fake and satirical.
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Passage: In memoriam
CBS News - 2 months
"Sunday Morning" looks at news of the passing of three American originals: actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, fashion model China Machado, and "Jeopardy!" contestant Cindy Stowell. Jane Pauley reports.
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Calendar: Week of December 5
CBS News - 3 months
"Jane Pauley" looks at some notable events of the week heads, from the announcement of Time magazine's Person of the Year, to the 100th birthday of a movie legend.
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Calendar: Week of October 31
CBS News - 4 months
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead, from Halloween and National Sandwich Day to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Walter Cronkite. Jane Pauley reports.
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Almanac: Plastic surgery
CBS News - 4 months
On October 23, 1814, 202 years ago today, London doctor Joseph Carpue performed what is widely regarded as Western medicine's very first modern plastic surgery operation. Jane Pauley reports.
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Calendar: Week of Oct. 10
CBS News - 5 months
From National Fossil Day to an anniversary for Winnie-the-Pooh, "Sunday Morning" looks at some notable events for the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.
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Jane Pauley Is Back — Again
New York Times - 5 months
Ms. Pauley was quick to point out the fairly incredible timing of her “Sunday Morning” debut: It will occur almost 40 years after her first day as a co-host on “Today.”
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Jane Pauley: A fresh, familiar face hosting 'Sunday Morning'
Yahoo News - 5 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Brace yourself for big changes when Jane Pauley takes over as host of "CBS News Sunday Morning" this weekend.
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Charles Osgood And His Beloved Bow Tie Sign Off From 'CBS Sunday Morning'
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s the end of an era. Veteran anchor Charles Osgood said goodbye to viewers this week as he signed off from the show he hosted for more than two decades. At the end of the 90-minute special broadcast of “CBS Sunday Morning,” the network announced that journalist Jane Pauley would take over the program. Pauley was long-rumored to be next in line for the gig as she’s been a contributor and substitute host since 2014. Osgood announced his retirement from “CBS Sunday Morning” last month, telling his devoted audience that “the time has come.” He has been anchoring the program since 1994 when he took it over from the original host, Charles Kuralt. During Osgood’s final program, viewers were treated to a special 90-minute tribute devoted to the anchor’s career, which spanned nearly 50 years at CBS News. Former colleagues, celebrities and notable figures all bid farewell to the host, and Mo Rocca gave viewers an inside look at Osgood’s impressive bow tie collection. ...
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Jane Pauley replacing Osgood at 'Sunday Morning'
Yahoo News - 5 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Jane Pauley is becoming a morning television host again — this time at a much more relaxed pace. CBS said Sunday she will replace Charles Osgood as anchor of the "Sunday Morning" telecast.
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Jane Pauley to succeed Charles Osgood as host of 'CBS Sunday Morning'
LATimes - 5 months
Jane Pauley is back on the morning shift. Charles Osgood is handing the “CBS Sunday Morning” baton to the former “Today” co-host, who will be the new anchor of the news program. The move was announced at the end of Osgood’s final appearance as host of the program he took over 22 years ago. Pauley...
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Jane Pauley named anchor of "Sunday Morning”
CBS News - 5 months
Television legend to succeed Charles Osgood as host of nation’s #1 Sunday morning news program
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Watch This Vintage Clip Of Cher Explaining Why Men Aren't Necessary
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s common knowledge that Cher is a bad b***h, but a vintage viral video of the diva has demonstrated just how badass she truly is.  In a 1996 interview with Jane Pauley, above, the singer and Oscar-winning actress declares that “a man is not a necessity, a man is a luxury.”  “Did you mean that to sound mean and bitter?” Pauley asks.  “Oh not at all... I think men are the coolest! But you don’t really need them to live.”  But the most amazing part of the interview is when Cher tells a story about her mother asking her to “settle down and marry a rich man.”  “I said ‘mom, I am a rich man.’” Slay.  Watch the full clip above.   H/T BuzzFeed -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Pauley
  • 2016
    Age 65
    It was announced on September 25, 2016 that Pauley will take over as host of CBS Sunday Morning following the retirement of Charles Osgood. “We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her on ‘Sunday Morning,’” said Rand Morrison, the show’s executive producer, in a statement. “Our viewers immediately responded by suggesting she belonged on ‘Sunday Morning’ permanently.
    More Details Hide Details And — as is so often the case, they were right. She’s a dedicated, experienced broadcast journalist. But — every bit as important — she’s a delight to work with. A worthy successor — and a perfect fit.” Pauley begins her role as host on October 9, almost 40 years to the day from her debut on Today. Pauley is the recipient of multiple Emmy Awards as well as the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Radio and Television News Directors Association's Paul White Award for Lifetime Contribution to Electronic Journalism. Edward R. Murrow Award for Outstanding Achievement. Inducted into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame in 1998. Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual from American Women in Radio and Television. The first international Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communications.
  • 2014
    Age 63
    On April 27, 2014, Pauley began contributing to CBS Sunday Morning as a correspondent and occasional substitute host.
    More Details Hide Details Pauley has been a guest host on CBS This Morning and has also filled in for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News.
  • 2013
    Age 62
    On December 30, 2013, Pauley, former Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, current Today anchor Matt Lauer, and current weather anchor Al Roker (who was live in Pasadena, California) reunited to co-host a special reunion edition of Today.
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    The award-winning series was on the air through 2013 and culminated in Pauley's second New York Times best-seller, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.
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  • 2009
    Age 58
    In March 2009, Pauley returned to the Today show as a contributor hosting a weekly segment, "Your Life Calling," sponsored by AARP, which profiled people throughout the country age 50+ who were reinventing their lives in new and different ways.
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  • 2008
    Age 57
    She also campaigned publicly for President Obama in her home state of Indiana in 2008, a year when she was not affiliated with any network news organization.
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    Following the show's cancellation, Pauley's appearances on television included leading a half-hour discussion on PBS's Depression: Out of the Shadows, which aired in May 2008.
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  • 2004
    Age 53
    Ironically, Pauley’s decision to leave Dateline resulted in the offer of a daytime talk show. In 2004, Pauley returned to television as host of The Jane Pauley Show, a syndicated daytime talk show distributed by NBC Universal.
    More Details Hide Details Although The Jane Pauley Show never gained traction in the ratings and was canceled after one season, Pauley called it the hardest – and proudest – year of her professional life. “To try something that you’ve failed at is, in my experience, proving that you had the guts to try.” The same year Pauley launched her talk show, she published her bestselling memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, in which she made public her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Pauley is quoted as saying her decision to talk openly about the disorder is “the easiest decision I ever made.” In the January 20, 2014 edition of Time magazine she says that “Part of my advocacy is not talking about the stigma. It’s real, but it doesn’t help move us forward. My other message is, I take my meds every day. No holidays. I’ve not had a recurrence.”
  • 2003
    Age 52
    In 2003, Pauley surprised NBC by declining to renegotiate her expiring contract.
    More Details Hide Details Explaining her decision, Pauley said at the time,”I think women think a lot about cycles, biological and personal. This year another cycle came around: my contract was up. It seemed an opportunity to take a life audit. I keep walking by bookstores and seeing titles talking about second acts in life."
  • 1993
    Age 42
    Dateline made its own news on February 9, 1993, when at the end of a regularly scheduled edition of Dateline, Pauley and Phillips delivered a public apology to General Motors on behalf of NBC as part of the settlement of a lawsuit regarding the failure to disclose the use of an incendiary device in a story about the safety of a General Motors pickup truck which aired on Dateline on November 17, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Neither Pauley nor Phillips had any connection to the segment; an internal investigation resulted in the resignation of the NBC News president, along with the dismissal of Dateline’s executive producer and others involved with the GM story. Dateline survived, went on to thrive, and at one point was on the air five nights a week. In addition to her Dateline responsibilities, Pauley also anchored Time and Again, a half hour show airing on MSNBC that recounted major news stories with footage from the NBC News archives.
  • 1992
    Age 41
    Pauley co-anchored Dateline from 1992 – 2003 along with Stone Phillips.
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  • 1991
    Age 40
    They were also ratings hits, and in January, 1991 NBC launched the half hour series Real Life with Jane Pauley on Sunday nights.
    More Details Hide Details The show was cancelled after one season in October 1991. On March 31, 1992, NBC launched Dateline, its 18th attempt at a newsmagazine.
  • 1990
    Age 39
    The success of Changes begat five one-hour specials the summer of 1990 called "Real Life with Jane Pauley."
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    In 1990, Pauley co-hosted the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards, alongside Candice Bergen and Jay Leno and began to serve as substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News.
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    Always intrigued by change, Pauley’s return to the air on NBC came in the form of a primetime special appropriately titled "Changes: Conversations with Jane Pauley," which aired on March 13, 1990.
    More Details Hide Details As she said during the introduction, “Change is not always an option. Change is not always the right choice. But change is almost always the most interesting.” According to The Washington Post, March 15, 1990, the one hour broadcast won its 10pm timeslot Tuesday with a 13.3 national Nielsen rating and a 24 percent audience share.
  • 1989
    Age 38
    Pauley’s image graced the cover of many magazines those months, including the December 1989 cover of Life magazine with the headline “Our Loss, Her Dream: How Jane Pauley got what she wanted – time for her kids, prime time for herself.” New York Magazine dubbed her “The Loved One” on its July 23, 1990 cover.
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    Pauley, who had been contemplating a change, hoping to spend more time with her three children, asked to settle her contract, but NBC declined. In October, 1989, after prolonged negotiations, Pauley announced that, after 13 years, she would leave the Today show in December, but would soon begin working on other projects at NBC.
    More Details Hide Details Public reaction amid the perception that Pauley was being cast aside for a younger woman was swift and consequential. As The New York Times reported on February 26, 1990, in the three weeks since January 26, the Today show lost 10 percent of its audience and since Jane Pauley left as co-host and Deborah Norville replaced her, the Today show had fallen from its position of leadership in the competition among the three network morning shows to a distant second place, almost a full rating point behind ABC’s Good Morning America. A July 23, 1990 New York Magazine article entitled "Back From the Brink, Jane Pauley Has Become America's Favorite Newswoman" reported that from February 1989 to February 1990, Today experienced a ratings slump of 22% and the cost to the network and its affiliates was estimated by one insider at close to $10 million for the year.
    The Detroit Free Press wrote on September 27, 1989 that Jane Pauley in some ways represents the best of women in television, that she never took it too seriously, that she knew the difference between television and real life, and that her family counted more than her ratings.
    More Details Hide Details 1989 brought big changes to Today when news reader Deborah Norville was given a larger role in the two hour broadcast. Speculation in the media implied that NBC executives were easing Pauley out to advance the younger NBC newscaster. As Tom Shales of the Washington Post wrote at the time, watching Ms. Pauley, Ms. Norville, and co-anchor Bryant Gumbel on the set together “is like looking at a broken marriage with the home-wrecker right there on the premises.”
  • 1983
    Age 32
    In 1983, after giving birth to twins following a very public pregnancy, Pauley became a role model to working mothers.
    More Details Hide Details In her autobiography, And So It Goes, Pauley's colleague Linda Ellerbee wrote, "She Pauley is what I want to be when I grow up."
  • 1980
    Age 29
    Pauley married cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury, on June 14, 1980; they have three children and two grandchildren.
    More Details Hide Details Pauley serves on the board of directors for the Children's Health Fund in New York City and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization that supports education innovation and reform. Pauley is affiliated with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, where she serves on the institute's leadership advisory committee, and appeared in a 2009 video about the research mission of the institute. Pauley is co-chair, along with Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, of the Ambassadors Council for Freedom From Hunger and a member of the board of Encore.org. In 2009, Pauley lent her name to the Jane Pauley Community Health Center, a facility in collaboration between the Community Health Network and the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Indiana. The center serves the local community, including students and their families, regardless of insurance or income, with an emphasis on integrating medical, dental and behavioral health. There are currently 15 centers, most on the east side of Indianapolis where Pauley grew up.
    She also anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1980–82.
    More Details Hide Details Following in the footsteps of the first female co-anchor of the show, Barbara Walters, she became a symbol for professional women, and more specifically, female journalists.
  • 1976
    Age 25
    Pauley co-hosted the Today show from 1976 to December 29, 1989; first with Tom Brokaw from 1976 to December, 1981 and then with Bryant Gumbel beginning January 4, 1982.
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    On her first official day as co-host, October 11, 1976, after being welcomed by then host Tom Brokaw, Pauley said: "Every story I’ve seen begins by noting that a year and a half ago Jane Pauley was a second string news reader in Indianapolis.
    More Details Hide Details That’s a fact. Well maybe you’re wondering how I got here, and maybe I am too."
  • 1975
    Age 24
    After three years at WISH-TV, in 1975, Pauley joined veteran anchor Floyd Kalber at NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV to become Chicago's first woman co-anchor on a major evening newscast, marking the beginning of her career with NBC.
    More Details Hide Details Barely 10 months later, at the age of 25, Jane was chosen to replace Barbara Walters on the Today show.
  • 1972
    Age 21
    In 1972, after completing her college courses a semester early, Pauley auditioned for a job as a reporter at CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis where the news director Lee Giles told New York Magazine July 23, 1990: “She really came through the camera like nobody I had ever seen before in an audition.
    More Details Hide Details She had tremendous presence and like she was one with the camera."
  • 1968
    Age 17
    After graduating high school in 1968, Pauley attended Indiana University, majoring in political science.
    More Details Hide Details She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma where she sang with the sorority jug band, the Kappa Pickers.
  • 1950
    Jane Pauley, born on Halloween day, 1950, is a fifth generation Hoosier, the second child of Richard and Mary Pauley.
    More Details Hide Details Dick Pauley, a Jimmy Stewart lookalike, was a traveling salesman for the Wilson Milk Company. Mary Pauley was a homemaker adept at figures and a proficient musician who played the organ in church every Sunday. In her memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, Pauley described herself as such a shy little kid she allowed her second grade teacher to call her Margaret Pauley all year, rather than tell that she went by her middle name, Jane. Pauley grew up idolizing her older sister, Ann, who has been her closest confidant since childhood. A speech and debate champion at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Pauley placed first in the Girls’ Extemporaneous Speaking division of the National Forensic League in Indiana. She credits extemporaneous speaking competition for her career in broadcasting. As she told an interviewer, “Looking back, the luckiest thing that ever happened to me was not making varsity cheerleader in the tenth grade. I don’t know what career I would have if it weren’t for my high school experience with forensics. It was the most important activity I had in high school or college, counting all of the academic courses.” In addition to her forensic success, Pauley was Governor of Girls State and delegate to Girls Nation.
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